Posttraumatic Growth Lab Members Prepare for APA in August 2014

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  • A very exciting time for Dr. Taku, Sharell Elam, and Kellie McGuire.  Lab members and Dr. Taku’s study abstracts were accepted into American Psychological Association Conference in August. They are presenting their research, Effects of Priming the Shared Traumatic Experiences on Posttraumatic Growth.  Their research stemmed from the curiosity to find out if people report higher PTG when they know that their listener has also experienced PTG. The purpose was to test this hypothesis using a randomized priming experimental method focusing on two types of highly stressful life events: death and romantic relationships. Their results show that PTG was affected for individuals who experienced a romantic issue by priming the imaginary listener’s traumatic experiences, but not for people who lost their loved ones. Results may indicate that the effect of the individual to relate to the listener’s experience may vary depending on the  circumstances. These findings may have positive and negative implications when applied in real world scenarios.
  • Taku, K., McGuire, K., & Elam, S. G. (2014, August planned). Effects of priming the shared traumatic experiences on posttraumatic growth. Study abstract has been accepted for poster session to be presented at the 122nd annual convention of the American Psychological Association (APA), 1 – General Psychology Division, Washington, DC.
  • Taku, K., Tedeschi, R. G., Cann, A., & Calhoun, L. G. (2014, August planned). Core beliefs, rumination, and posttraumatic growth resulting from earthquake in Japan. Study abstract has been accepted for poster session to be presented at the 122nd annual convention of the American Psychological Association (APA), 56 – Trauma Division, Washington, DC.
  • Tedeschi, R. G., Taku, K., Cann, A., & Calhoun, L. G. (2014, August planned). Spiritual and existential posttraumatic growth in Japan and in the United States. Study abstract has been accepted for poster session to be presented at the 122nd annual convention of the American Psychological Association (APA), 67 – Religion Division, Washington, DC.
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